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graveyard shift

a work shift usually beginning at about midnight and continuing for about eight hours through the early morning hours.
those who work this shift.
Origin of graveyard shift
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Not once had she hesitated or turned from the beaten trail, but she had gone down after the graveyard shift.

    Shadow Mountain Dane Coolidge
  • Another time as the graveyard shift came to the surface the men noticed a peculiar wavering light in the sky.

    The Pinos Altos Story Dorothy Watson
British Dictionary definitions for graveyard shift

graveyard shift

(US) the working shift between midnight and morning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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graveyard shift

noun phrase

A working shift that begins at midnight or 2 AM (1907+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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